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KU Work Group Team for Community Youth Development and Prevention Research
Community youth development and prevention research promotes principles of both positive youth development and prevention science as core approaches to community development. Positive youth development is an asset-based approach to development, which builds upon the strengths of youth, residents, and in the community. Prevention science focuses on reducing risk and increasing protective factors that promotes resiliency and engagement of youth and residents in pro-social behaviors. Through a positive youth development approach, protective factors are increased at multiple social-ecological levels to reduce the likelihood for youth and individuals to engage in problem behaviors.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​Community youth development and prevention research promotes principles of both positive youth development and prevention science as core approaches to community development. Positive youth development is an asset-based approach to development, which builds upon the strengths of youth, residents, and in the community. Prevention science focuses on reducing risk and increasing protective factors that promotes resiliency and engagement of youth and residents in pro-social behaviors. Through a positive youth development approach, protective factors are increased at multiple social-ecological levels to reduce the likelihood for youth an​d individuals to engage in problem ​behaviors.​​​​​​​

Community Youth Development & Prevention Research Team

 

The Community Youth Deve​lopment and Prevention Team is a research team affiliated with the Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas. The Work Group's mission is to promote community health and development through collaborative research, teaching, and public service.

This site provides a platform for researchers fr​om the KU Work Group Team for Community Youth Development and Prevention to work collaboratively with community partners to support positive change and improvements in local communities. The intent of this shared space is to foster co-learning and synthesis of knowledge to enhance our collective understanding for supporting community youth development and prevention approaches in communities.​​​​


 

Research Team Members

The KU Work Group Team for Community Youth Development and Prevention Research is led by Dr. Jomella Watson-Thompson. Dr. Watson-Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science, and an Associate Director for Community Participation and Research for the KU Work Group for Community Health and Development.

For additional information regarding the KU Work Group Team for Community Youth Development and Prevention, or if interested in serving as a collaborative partner, contact​ Dr. Jomella Watson-Thompson.​​​​​​​

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